PENNEY + BRAD | {a beautiful beginning and perfect ending}

Monday, November 21, 2011

Well, this is it folks. Here are the images from my last wedding of 2011. Its hard to believe after 21 weddings, its all over. People often ask if I enjoyed one wedding more than the others. I can never pick a favourite. I tend to remember favourable moments from each.

Penney and Brad's wedding is a little different. It was my last! I truly could not have asked for a sweeter couple, a better location or a more beautiful wedding to end the season. Despite the cold and wind, I was determined to enjoy my last wedding and capture amazing images for my last Bride and Groom of the year. Working with such a wonderful couple made that possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and give worthy praise to Penney and Brad for braving the cold weather.

Penney and Brad were married at the Grace United Church in Springdale on November 12th. The reception that followed was held at the Riverwood Inn.

When I met with Penney prior to the wedding, she said they wanted a few images taken in an underpass at a local park. While I was familiar with the park, I wasn't familiar with the tunnel. In unfamiliar situations, you have to plan ahead. My initial thought was to use off-camera flash fired by pocket wizards.

A photographer can carry alot of gear. Sometimes its necessary. Sometimes its not. For these next few images, I left my pocket wizards in my bag. In certain situations, its nice to use the light available to you. Although it was steel and not your typical white ceiling for bouncing, I had a feeling the tunnel would provide great light from all angles. I love how the light on Penney and Brad is soft and romantic, yet we still got the cold, dark feeling of the tunnel in the background.

We had a nice break between the ceremony and the reception. This is great for a photographer! It allows time to "play."

Once I knew we had the above image - it usually takes two or three tries to get the light just right - I decided to turn the flash away from the couple and direct it toward the nearby tree. Why not!? We didn't move from the original location. Its amazing how different your image can be by simply moving your light source.


Anonymous November 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM  

The pictures are beautiful. What a beautiful niece I have.

Anonymous November 23, 2011 at 9:30 PM  

Penny & Brad - you both looked great! Excellent job on the pictures Emma!

Frank DiMeo May 3, 2012 at 12:38 AM  

Hi Emma, I saw the back lit photo (the one before you turned the light on the trees) on Pictage and my jaw dropped so I had to look you up. That is an amazing photo! Wow, it needs to be the first, or one of the first images that people see when they first get to your web site. It definitely inspired me and I can't wait to try something similar myself. Great Job!

Emma May 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM  

wow, Thank You Frank for taking the time to look at my work and reach out! I love hearing from other photographers.

I must admit, that image is one of my favorites from the 2011 wedding season. I also have to admit, that my website needs to be updated with recent work. The back-lit image above is on my list of images to add :)

I hopped over to your website also. You are a very talented photographer. I love your style. Your work is fun and romantic - just beautiful!

Thanks again. Keep in touch!

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